My most favourite episode of all time

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The Magnar would be coming up that road before the day was done, his Thenns marching behind him with axes and spears in their hands and their bronze-and-leather shields on their backs. Grigg the Goat, Quort, Big Boil, and the rest will be coming as well. And Ygritte. The wildlings had never been his friends, he had not allowed them to be his friends, but her… He could feel the throb of pain where her arrow had gone through the meat and muscle of his thigh. He remembered the old man’s eyes too, and the black blood rushing from his throat as the storm cracked overhead. But he remembered the grotto best of all, the look of her naked in the torchlight, the taste of her mouth when it opened under his. Ygritte, stay away. Go south and raid, go hide in one of those roundtowers you liked so well. You’ll find nothing here but death…”

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10x16 “Paint It Black”
“I got a question. How does someone… like you end up… You know…”

Can I just say that I am completely in love with all of their interactions? And also that I loved her in general and how she as a spiritual person had no problems with believing in many plaes of existence and helping ghosts to find their peace. In a way she reminded me a bit of “The Sixth Sense”. And in some way I think she might even have helped another restless soul a bit - the one she is talking to here ^^.

There were so many wonderful things going on at the same time in most scenes in this episode, but I think one of my absolutely favourite aspects about this conversation might not have only been that of course Dean can relate with everything she says - He’s been there, more than once and he is right there again now - but that both get proven wrong here about how they see themselves and how they are perceived.

Dean cannot understand how such a pretty girl would choose a relatively secluded life when she could have the world at her feet - she doesn’t fit the stereotype he’s got in mind of nuns (and later on in the confessional he realizes that the stereotypic view he has on himself is just as wrong as his stereotypic view on what people decide to live their life for the church) - and the other way around she assumes that a good looking guy like Dean never struggled once in his life with the things she just revealed to him until Dean admits she shouldn’t so sure about that. She found faith in herself again through church, through god, through helping people. Dean thought he could find all that through hunting alone as well, but he realizes that it’s not enough. He might not have faith in god and he believes that god has given up faith in humanity - what he’ll have to realize is that no matter where he wants to go, he’s hafway there as long as he starts to believe and have faith in himself.

Once again it’s about stories, about identities, about stereotypes and if this episode put emphasis on one thing than it is that there’s not just an “either-or”, not just “black and white”, not just “light or darkness”, but always something in between. Between black and white there are a million shades of gray and between night and day there’s the dawn and you know what they say: It’s always darkest just beore the dawn and happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if just one rememeber to switch on the light…

Amy Acker – best known as Fred on Angel, and Root on Person of Interest - answers fan questions that we collected via Twitter. Compiled by Angela Allan.

First, we have to ask about Angel. What’s your fave episode of the show? (Mine is ‘Smile Time’.)

Oh, yeah. ‘Smile Time’ had some of my most favourite memories of Andy Hallett. Actually, we got in pretty big trouble because we could not stop laughing for three hours. Every time I think back on him and the show, I do remember that episode. And probably ‘Hole In The World’ because Joss [Whedon] wrote and directed it, and he was there. We had a super long hard day filming where Fred eventually turns into Illyria, and afterwards we went to get a drink. We all just sat there drinking and no one said a word and Joss said that’s where he came up with the ending for Avengers after that night.

So, fast forward to today and your role as Root on Person of Interest. Did you ever think your character would be so popular?

It was such a surprise, really. They asked me if I would come and do five or six episodes, so I really thought that was all it was going to be. I thought I was going to be the bad guy and that was the arc of the character for the season. I just felt so lucky that they asked me to stick around and got to become part of the scene. It was unexpected and wonderful.

On the show, milestones have been hinted at in past seasons, so what can you tease about season five?

I think it really picks up where we left in season four. Root is struggling with finding Shaw versus stopping Samaritan and which one comes first. It’s a nice arc to play and see how it affects her and how it affects the rest of the team.

So, can you describe season five in three words?

Let’s see. Unexpected… Oh, this is hard! Sexy. And, um… What’s something that would mean happy and sad at the same time?

Bittersweet?

Yes, bittersweet. I like that. Let’s go with that.

Are there any difficulties or challenges with playing Root?

I think it’s such a blessing that we have such amazing writers on the show. They always give you all these tools you need to get to the place you need to get to in the scene. I’ve definitely had to do some weird things! I needed to start working out, because I’m kind of lazy that way, and I found out that when you need to hold up two guns for a really long time it’s really hard. [Laughs] It’s always challenging because I’m not a tech-savvy person so I’ve had to do a lot of research and it’s really fascinating to see, because the writers are so smart and know so much about things that are happening. I’ve been on shows where there are demons and made-up things, so it’s like, ‘Oh, if they are talking about that, it must be made up,’ and they’re like, ‘No, that’s a real thing.’ So I had to do a lot of learning on technology and computer viruses.

What makes a good scene partner?

Maybe if their name is Michael Emerson that’s a good start. [Laughs] I’ve been so lucky. I just think back to Angel to work with J. August Richards and Alexis. I just think when you have a good scene partner, like J. or Alexis or Michael, or everyone on Alias, it seems like the writers get excited about that as well, and they tend to write you really cool scenes that you both get excited about as well. I feel like a good scene partner for me is someone I learn something from every time I’m in a scene with them.

Do you have upcoming projects you can share with us?

I’m doing a movie in Texas in May and that should be really fun. And I’ve been working on writing some stuff as well. I’ve just been taking some time to work out what I want to do next. I feel like I’m spoiled when I’m on these shows with people like Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, so I’ve been picky about what I want to do next.

What’s your favourite dessert?

That’s a good question. There’s so many! We just got a pie yesterday for Pi Day and I chose a random salty honey pie that the kids didn’t like, so I have to eat a whole pie by myself. But a good pie is always good. I’m a huge caramel fan and a huge chocolate mint fan. My all-time go-to favourite thing is a place in New York called Milk Bar and they have this delicious thing called Crack Pie, so it’s pretty much that.

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This scene with Claire and Fergus was filmed and then cut, which I think is a pity. As does the writer Richard Kahan:


“This scene was cut from the episode due to time, and I was sad to see it go. We tried a few shorter versions of it, but ultimately there just wasn’t room. I loved the scene in the book, so I was excited to adapt it. Love that in this moment of tension - will Jamie return and when - we have a great moment of bonding between two characters that care for him, but haven’t yet fully grown to care for each other. I always felt this was the scene where Fergus really starts to become like a son to Claire, and I liked diving into his upbringing at Madame Elise’s. Maybe it’ll be on the DVD???”
(source: x)


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“Identity Crisis”: Rilaya (part II)

Is Upstate one of my favourite episodes? Yes.

The girls run away to Shawn’s house. They take the subway. Hey Jordan! I thoroughly believe Jordan existed only to invalidate the L*caya meeting. Here’s a boy who responds to what’s being said to him, who immediately interacts with a pretty girl and FEELS something instantly. Lucas is a face. Just a face. No words, no actions. Just…a face made. But time restraints have this scene cut, likely to make time for Shory flashback and handshake…you know, “give the people what they want” ;) All for the better.

The most significant part of this episode (and the whole arc) is this:

Please keep in mind this very convenient and explicit “coincedence” (Can I just fangirl for a sec and say OMGG SHAWN AND MAYA FOUND THEIR LOVES THIS IS ALL EVER WANTED FROM THIS SHOW 😍.🙌🏾  GOD BLESS) *clears throats* anyways, from Michael Jacobs:

Rilaya is not Shory 2.0; it was never that way. Never. Let’s….*audience pan* SPOT! THE! DIFFERENCE!

Cory Matthews: (to Shawn) “WHY DO I HAVE TO BE HERE?! DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH A SCHLEPP THIS IS!?”
Riley Matthews: “I always wanted us to be together” *sleeps over Maya’s house because she never wants Maya to feel bad*
Cory Matthews: *does not notice Shawn’s not himself until he brings it up and teases him about it*
Riley Matthews: *notices Maya’s changing before she even does and works to get her back*
Shawn Hunter: *thinks he became Cory based on a concept (comfortable, cozy and wise), Cory’s gotta tell him he’s not actually like what he’s describing*
Maya Hart: *becomes Riley with noticeable attention to detail and accuracy; she KNOWS Riley, inside out* 
Cory and Shawn: *live two completely separate lives*
Riley and Maya: *live together in 2022*

When Riley goes to correct Cory on the best thing that happened to him by saying it was Topanga, Maya’s playing with that ring

I love this friendshipTM and sisterhoodTM.

Let’s speed this up,

Maya says she was attracted to Riley at first sign…or first listen. Riley says “Hello” which has it’s own romantic meaning (X), Riley brings back the ‘best thing that ever happened to me’ talk which she originally allotted to Corpanga, This happened: (the canvas painted as the bi flag)

and then this happened

and then this happened

how can you tell me she loves lucas friar? this is the ultimate face of pleasure, peace and contentment. she seems to make NO mistake giving up Lucas

and then THIS happened:

me @ the crew: now ur just getting rude! seriously having Danielle walk across the set just so you can get these 3 shots?

Can i Rilaya!Summarize True Maya in less than 8 sentences to spare your poor eyes? Let’s see!

  1. Rapunzel is a romantic fairytale when a princess brushes her hair and sings and her lover climbs in through the window.
  2. The same thing happens with Rilaya and Maya calls Riley’s Rapunzel (theory courtesy of rilayabookwyrm)
  3. Christopher Park on Christopher Street was a location of Stonewall LGBT civil right riot (theory courtesy of lunequireves)
  4. The film Stonewall received backlash because character Danny throws the brick that starts the riots”
  5.  There’s a heart inside Maya’s Hope graffiti
  6. Dorothy and Friend of Dorothy have very specific meanings (X)
  7. 6 sentences. Not bad.
  8. And that’s a wrap!

NATHANAËL X JULEKA EVIDENCE
-Spoilers for Princess Fragrance-

Hi all! Rikobi here, and I just finished ML 23, Princess Fragrance, now. My favourite character, Juleka, is most commonly shipped with Rose, and in the recent episode, Rose is found to have a crush on Prince Ali, and they end up together at the end of the episode. Effectively, JuleRose is a dead/void ship, as it is proven that Rose does not see Juleka as a romantic figure. She is her best friend.

Now my all time ML otp is NathLeka, and recently I have discovered evidence that at the very least hints at this ship.

In the first two pictures of ‘The Bubbler’ Nathanaël and Juleka are dancing together, the Bubbler has not put them under any sort of trance, they are together by choice, as you would expect Juleka to be partying with Rose. However. She is with Nathanaël. In the third picture, ‘Timebreaker,’ Juleka comments on how the rest of the group are tired of Kim’s “stupid dares,” and Nathanaël looks at her, smiling. Now this can be viewed as 'he’s just looking at her because she’s talking,’ but, Mylene, Ivan, Alya and Sabrina are all standing around her and would have heard this, but Nathanaël is the only one looking at her.

The fourth piece of evidence is kind of vauge. It comes from “Evillustrator,” Nathanaël’s Akuma Episode. During this episode, Nathanaël is known to have a crush on Marinette, but by the end of this episode, he has crossed out the sketches of her. Implying he no longer has romantic feelings for her. He, like all the other akumatised victims, cannot remember his evil self, and therefore, Marinette’s hurtful trick on him couldn’t have been the cause for his loss of feeling towards her. Additionally, Juleka is sitting beside him in Science, whereas in “Princess Fragrance,” she is sitting with Rose. As she would normally be. And on top of this, when Nathanaël is packing away his books, he looks directly at Juleka (blue arrow) as opposed to his books, (red arrow) as if to apologise to her for abandoning her.

The fifth screenshot is from “Horrificator,” this again relies on perception. When Mylene is scared of Ivan’s mask, Nathanaël is seen looking at the scene. But he isn’t. As shown by the red arrows, if he was interested in the situation, he would either be looking at the shouting Nino, or at Mylene, climbing out from the desk. But he isn’t. He is looking at Juleka doing makeup for Adrien. He is watching her almost as though he is jealous that she is that close to Adrien.

My final piece of evidence is from Juleka’s episode, “Reflekta,” Juleka is seen beside Nathanaël in the older picture, but as well as this, when Chloe tries to push Juleka out of the way, Nathanaël seems more annoyed than most of the others at the way Chloé is treating Juleka.


I know some of those points aren’t huge but I think that Thomas Astruc is showing something. I think Nathanaël has something towards Juleka.

Thank you all for reading! Please reblog, this ship is very underrated!

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From all of TOS episodes Day of the Dove has one of my most favourite endings. It’s not just about the end being funny, it also displays the fact that even the Federation and the Klingons can work together in the times of need and maybe actually even enjoy it to some point. The point of this episode is exactly what Star Trek is about and it’s also one of the reasons I like it so much.

My favourite Swedish podcasts

Podcasts are personally my absolute #1 learning resource. I do extensive listening (upper intermediate to advanced!) whenever I have to do one of my 20~30-minute walks. My main goal of doing this is to make understanding a foreign language a natural, effortless thing as well as finding holes in my vocabulary. Here is a list of my favourite podcasts in Swedish (that are still actively producing episodes)! I just turn on auto-download in my podcast app and consume them whenever I have time.

(Note: I’m linking to iTunes because it’s the most common way people get podcasts. I personally never use it, so rest assured you can get all of these elsewhere as well.)

  • P1 Dokumentär: half- to one-hour audio documentaries about social issues or personal stories / struggles in Sweden. Usually in the very standard “P1 Swedish”. Comes out irregularly but very frequently.
  • P3 Dokumentär: pretty much the same thing. I actually don’t know the difference between the nature of the two documentaries - I think this one is more current affairs-ish? Comes out weekly on Sundays.
  • Historiepodden: a long-running podcast with two dudes randomly chatting about historical and sometimes contemporary themes. Probably a good idea only if you’re interested in history - but ‘history’ here refers to a really wide range of events from ancient to recent history. One of them speaks in some sort of southern accent, which is good for training. Comes out weekly on Sundays, can be up to 1.5 hours long.
  • Allt du velat veta: as the name implies, it’s an hour-long podcast where experts in different fields teach you about really random topics from science to politics to Sherlock Holmes. As of the time of writing I’ve actually just discovered it through the latest episode about conlangs (of course), so I can’t make too much comments yet. Comes out weekly on Tuesdays.
  • Den svenska musikhistorien: my favourite, even though I just started listening! (What can I say, I’m a music student.) It’s relatively new podcast, each episode less than half an hour long, that discusses, well, Swedish music. It goes all the way from the Middle Ages to folk and pop; it’s currently still stuck in the 1800s though, having already surpassed the total planned number of episodes. Comes out mostly weekly on Wednesdays.
  • Fredagspodden: guilty pleasure?! I don’t even know why I used to listen to this myself - it’s simply girl’s chat for an hour, and I’m a dude…I was probably just looking for something that’s regularly released to listen to and couldn’t find anything better…anyway it’s released weekly on Fridays (as the name implies).

That’s it for now. I’ll update this if I find any gems, even though I think I’ve looked through many different podcasts. Or if you have a favourite, tell me as well! Happy listening and happy learning!

Oh, yeah. ‘Smile Time’ had some of my most favourite memories of Andy Hallett. Actually, we got in pretty big trouble because we could not stop laughing for three hours. Every time I think back on him and the show, I do remember that episode. And probably ‘Hole In The World’ because Joss [Whedon] wrote and directed it, and he was there. We had a super long hard day filming where Fred eventually turns into Illyria, and afterwards we went to get a drink. We all just sat there drinking and no one said a word and Joss said that’s where he came up with the ending for Avengers after that night.
—  Amy Acker on her favourite episodes of Angel (X)
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Favourite Episodes by Season
For anon who asked: “Favorite episode from each season and why if you have time?”

Hello dear anon!

I figured I’d narrow it down to S1 to S10 given that we haven’t seen all the episodes of S11 yet for me to judge, which one of the episodes I like best. In general it is really hard for me to narrow down to just one episode per season, because there are many more episodes  I quite love. These ten here are among my all time favourite episodes. That out of the way, here comes my reasoning for picking these episodes. Btw, in general, you will see most of these episodes are rather Dean heavy. :)

1x12 “Faith”: This episode was probably the one that sealed the deal with Supernatural for me when I started watching the show. I already felt pretty strongly for Dean as latest as 1x03 “Dead in the Water”, but 1x12 “Faith” to me set up one of the storylines and aspects of Dean that until this day keeps getting explored and emphasized and it is the specialness of Dean’s heart, which after this episode has been point of interest more than once. Be it the framing of him as the tin man or his heart as a symbol for what makes Dean so Dean: His immeasuraly ability to love, that’s his biggest strength. Furthermore the episode shone a light on Dean’s lack of faith as well as lack of self worth with him being more than okay to die. In my opinion this episode alluded as a first one to Dean’s role and and importance in the grand scheme of things, the Righteous Man and Michael’s vessel as Roy Le Grange told him “it was the the Lord, who guided him” and made him look into Dean’s heart where he saw “a young man with an important purpose and it isn’t finished yet”.

The rest of the explanation for my choice behind the cut. :)

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Scott’s little sister

Originally posted by teenwolf--imagines

Request:  I was wondering if you would do something where Scott has a younger sister and it’s like, noon, but she’s just getting up and walks into the kitchen and is like “When did you get friends and why did no one tell me?” :o

A/N: This is set in 3b because I just sort of imagined it like this and season 3 is my favourite :)

Requests are open


“Just one more episode” 

You were sitting on your bed, comfortably, very comfortably, and did not wish to get up any time soon. Even though you might have needed the toilet and were most definitely hungry. You needed food. Urgently. 

“But the kitchen’s all the way down stairs” you muttered to yourself.

You were alone in your room, and probably alone in the house too. Knowing your brother, he was probably out doing whatever thing he did so frequently yet never bothered to tell you. Well, you never bothered to ask either. You decided to text him, just to make sure. You could have yelled out his name but you knew he never answered so the best choice was to text him. 

Except you had forgotten your phone in the kitchen. The same place where all the food waited for you. I might as well go down there

You got up and made your way downstairs, where Scott and a few others were gathered around the kitchen island. You recognised most of them from school, people you’d seen on the corridors or classes. But never with Scott. He wasn’t exactly the most popular person in Beacon Hills; but now it seemed otherwise.

“When did you get friends and why did no one tell me?” You asked your brother, causing the relatively cute guy with the curly hair to chuckle a little, Isaac.

Scott hit him slightly before looking up at you, “I have friends, plenty of friends actually” he said in a defensive tone. 

You laughed, “Friends? As in plural? As in people other than Stiles?” 

Isaac chuckled again, this time joined by Allison. 

Allison. Did she count as a friend? The last time you’d spoken, it being quite some time ago, she had been Scott’s girlfriend. But your brother had stopped talking about her and how much he loved the smell of her hair. Maybe they had broken up. 

“I have friends, Y/N, evidently” Scott said, gesturing to the people around him.

“Are you sure you didn’t pay them to hang out with you?”

“Yes. Now can you get whatever you came here for and leave? What we’re doing is kind of important and doesn’t require you to be here”

“Important?” You asked curiously as you glanced at his ‘friends’. Allison, Stiles, a pair of twins you couldn’t quite remember the names of, a girl with beautiful straight ebony dark hair, that must be Kira. And last, a girl with red- no, strawberry blonde hair and amazing green eyes. Lydia. You had imagined her in many different ways before, she always came up in conversations when you spoke to Stiles. You couldn’t understand his infatuation with her. Infatuation. It had stopped being so much as an infatuation these past few months as actually caring for her. He had stopped talking about how perfect she looked but rather now talked about how smart and strong she was. Looking at her now, you could see why he liked her so much. 

“Important, yes, as in not for you. As in time for you to leave. As in exit the room now, Y/N”

You rolled your eyes and gestured for your phone that lay face down on the table, next to the fruit bowl, which you also pointed to after receiving your phone back.

Scott picked out an apple and handed it to you, also using it as a chance to push you out of the room.

Hey, if you wanted me to leave so badly you could have just asked” 

“May you please leave the room?” 

“Of course” you said, as you made your way to the staircase, fruit and phone in hand.

From the top of the staircase you could hear Isaac speak, making you smirk, “I like her”

“Well, don’t get too used to it, Scott doesn’t introduce her to any of his supernatural friends” said Stiles,

“Well, then all of them, except you, Stiles” said Lydia,

“Precisely”

Study Stress Relievers

Hello beautiful people and welcome to the most stressful time of the year for post-secondary students… Finals week! Libraries are packed, coffee is being inhaled, and the temptation to press ‘next episode’ on Netflix is at an all time high. That’s why I want to share with you awesome study break activities that don’t involve calling it a night or taking a nap. 

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Victoria 103
  • Let me start out by saying that this week was by far the most taxing on my emotions. Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell have a wonderful chemistry and many times I found myself wondering, oh pretty please “will they kiss?” All their scenes were emotionally charged and so heartbreaking. You see their mutual longing and yet you know that it cannot be. DAMMIT I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THESE TWO!
  • Just to be clear: It’s 3 episodes in and I am way too emotionally invested in Vicbourne.
  • Okay, Mr Francatelli, I like you but you are a hairsbreadth away from creeper status.
  • A cravatless Lord M. Oh dear God. I might have just swooned.
  • Rooks and orchids. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I cried. I MEAN, HE SENT HER ORCHIDS FROM THE HOTHOUSES HE CLOSED AFTER HIS WIFE DIED. HE GREW THEM FOR VICTORIA. I AM NOT OKAY!
  • I think both he and the Queen understood that they were not in a position to marry….whatever their inclination. SOBBING FOREVER. The hints of their tragic love paralleling Elizabeth and Dudley. *cue ugly cry.*
  • Dear casting directors: I’m so glad you chose a veteran actor like Sewell to play Lord M. Since the writers chose to romanticise Victoria and Melbourne’s relationship, your choice was spot on. Rufus has this presence on camera that is at once commanding and yet always dignified. There’s a subtlety to his performance - the quiet way in which his eyes convey so much more than he actually says that speaks to my ovaries. Yes, my ovaries.
  • Surprisingly touching scene between Mrs Jenkins and Miss Skerrett. I like seeing layered characters.
  • Conroy takes the money. What a shocker.
  • Interesting how Victoria feels that if she can’t have Lord M, she wants to be a virgin Queen and yet Melbourne knows that’s not her destiny. 
  • Albert. With talk of him peppered throughout the episode, we finally meet him at the end. Honestly? I don’t care for the mustache and his general look is not one that I personally find attractive. However, he’s the love of Victoria’s life, so I’m hoping he grows on me. But here’s the problem though (and I don’t know if the writers took this into account): when you have a man like Sewell portraying Lord M and sharing the same screen with a boy like Albert, it’s hard (at least for me) to not root for the former. But since all we got of Albert this week was 30 seconds, I’m reserving my ultimate judgement. 

OKay sit down and buckle your seatbelts people because I think I just realised something I should have a long time ago. 

We all remember the raking leaves scene, right? You know the one

WELL 

I was rewatching that episode because it’s my favourite, and it got to this part. 

So, of course Crowley sneaks up on Cas watching Dean, spews on about opening purgatory, taking the souls, ruling heaven/hell etc. 

BUT

At the end of that whole spiel, Crowley goes “Happy endings for all of us, with all possible entendres intended…”

all possible entendres intended

Now, I’m sure most of you know what an entendre is, but for those who don’t, it’s something that has a double meaning, traditionally when the second meaning is risque. So I repeat, all possible entendres intended

What’s more risque than an angel and a human falling in love? By Heaven’s definition, nothing. 

To recap:

  • Crowley snuck up on Cas watching Dean rake leaves 
  • Crowley encouraged Cas to join him with opening Purgatory
  • Crowley tried to get Cas to bring Dean in, secretly
  • When Cas refused, Crowley agreed
  • But then told him, in his own way, don’t worry
  • You’ll get your happy ending
  • all possible entendres intended!!!!!!
  • Crowley knows
  • The entire universe knows
  • s o  j u s t  g i v e  i t  t o  u s